Penticton artist experimenting with creative space

Penticton artist Kindrie Grove is experimenting. Not just with her art, but with the concept of shared creative spaces.

Kindrie Grove adjusts one of her sculptures on display in the gallery she recently added to her studio/shared creative space on Main Street.

Kindrie Grove adjusts one of her sculptures on display in the gallery she recently added to her studio/shared creative space on Main Street.

There are big things brewing in shared spaces, and not just when it comes to offices and business.

Penticton artist Kindrie Grove is experimenting. Not just with her art, but with the concept of shared creative spaces. Grove is combining forces with Nick and Jen Vincent of Co-Work Penticton to create the Art Experiment, a new series of fun evenings to create and play.

Grove already operates a shared space, combining her personal studio, a gallery, rental studio spaces and more at Kindrie Grove Studios on Main Street, while the Vincent’s Co-Work is a shared business/entrepreneurial space.

But the Vincents are also starting a new project, Art House, a co-work type space for the creative set.

“We are teaming up on a couple of things. We have one which is called the Art Experiment, which is going to be a creative experiment night for people to come and play with different materials,” said Grove. “There will be stuff set up for musicians if they want to jam, or poetry readings, anything goes.”

Jen Vincent gives the credit to Grove for spearheading the project, and the first event, on Sept. 9, will take place at Grove’s studio, where she has already developed a community around her shared spaces.

“It’s been really rewarding to watch it evolve and the community around the studio grow. From that standpoint, I’ve been really enjoying that, seeing how it unfolds,” said Grove. “I’ve got some musicians that use the space to rehearse in after hours. I’ve got three full-time permanent residents and a lot of people that come in and use the space and mentor with me.”

“We both have communities we work with and we’re both looking forward to creating an open creative evening,” said Vincent. “Come and bring a project and work on it and get something done together, maybe collaborate and share.”

Vincent, who hopes to have Art House up and running in October, said the Art Experiment concept dovetails nicely with their plans.

“An event like Kindrie’s on a regular monthly schedule seems to be a really great way of starting things off and can really bring a little bit of public focus and fun to it,” said Vincent. “For us, the whole reason for creating the new space is to create a location where people are being creative in a communal environment.”

The Art Experiment will take place on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Because of Labour Day, the first event will take place on Sept. 9 at Grove’s Main St. studio. Cost is $15 for “supplies, nibblies and wine.”

The Art Experiment is not the only collaborative event Grove is involved in. In showcasing work done by the life-drawing group that meets at her studio, she decided to open the show up to a wider group

“I’ve just put out a call for submissions for anybody that does life drawing — there are quite a few different groups — to submit a couple of works and have an exhibition in September,” said Grove.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 9, with the show’s opening reception on Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. But it won’t be the only event that night. The Tumbleweed Gallery along with neighbours St Germain Cafe and possibly Ad Hoc Clothing will also be having events that night, something Grove describes as an “art walk crawl along Main. St.

“That’s kind of fun, that’s something we are working on as a group to get more interest,” said Grove. “When people come out to look at art, they can take in several openings at once instead of trying to pick and choose between which one they want to see the most.

“People are so busy, it’s impossible to get to everything. I think it will be really fun to even have a day once a month or every couple of months that is like an art walk day.”

Just Posted

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Cheetahs can’t roar

Your morning start for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Highway 3, east of Osoyoos was closed all Monday due to a liquid tar spilled all over the road.
Highway 3, east of Osoyoos, is now open to single lane traffic

The highway was closed all Monday due to liquid tar spilled all over the road

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

(Pixabay.com photo)
No COVID-19 baby boom in Summerland

Pandemic has not resulted in surge in births in 2020 and 2021

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

Kelowna artist Bobby Vandenhoorn recently completed mural of late Canadian rock icon and activist Gord Downie now adorns Brenda Dalzell’s Sicamous business, the Bruhn Crossing Urban Market. (Contributed)
Canadian rock legend, activist Gord Downie inspires Sicamous mural

Business owner hopes artwork will help foster ongoing conversations around reconciliation

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

Fans watch the warm-up before Game 6 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens in NHL playoff hockey action Saturday, May 29, 2021 in Montreal. Quebec’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions will allow 2,500 fans to attend the game for the first time in fourteen months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Two-thirds of Canadians say governments shouldn’t lift all COVID-19 restrictions

Poll reports Canadians who gained pandemic weight say they have gained 16 pounds on average

Paul Bernardo is shown in this courtroom sketch during Ontario court proceedings via video link in Napanee, Ont., on October 5, 2018. Teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo is set for a parole hearing today. The designated dangerous offender, has been eligible for full parole for more than three years. Bernardo’s horrific crimes in the 1980s and early 1990s include for kidnapping, torturing and killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy near St. Catharines, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Banning
Killer rapist Paul Bernardo faces parole hearing today; victim families opposed

Designated dangerous offender has been eligible for full parole for more than three years.

People look over the damage after a tornado touched down in Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal, Monday, June 21, 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and one death has been confirmed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
One dead and extensive damage as tornado hits Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal

Damage reported in several parts of the city, and emergency teams dispatched to sectors hardest hit

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Most Read